Earlier today I decided to head out some place close to home. I'd often gone to the Wachusett Reservoir on the West Boylston side, but not during the winter months. Yes, most of the snow is gone now, but there is still plenty of ice and enough to look at.
So I headed down there and surprisingly it was a decent day out. The weather is all over the place around here and I hear that tomorrow it'll be about 15 degrees warmer. If that's true we are probably a few weeks away from some Spring blooming.
On one side of the Reservoir it was all ice all the way to the shore line. But, given that the shore was all rocks a lot of the melting was going on underneath. This is a photo of the edge of the ice.
I walked around a little taking some more photos, but soon decided to head to the other side. I went back up to the main road and took this photo of the Old Stone Church in the distance. I've done a couple photo sessions there in the past and look forward to doing more in the future.
Walking along further down the road I spotted this swan and group of birds relaxing on the shore line.
So naturally I had to get closer. The swan was busy diving down to find food that it didn't mind me at all.
This is a view looking back towards the road.
I kept walking around a little taking random photos here and there, but I started to get hungry. I knew there was a plaza just up the street so I ventured over there to see what might be a good spot. I knew there was a Chinese restaurant there, but I wasn't in the mood. So I decided to stop at the Country Kettle. It was just before lunch time so it wasn't very busy. I had my phone with me and they got great reviews online so I knew I had to check it out.
When I walked in I was surprised as it looked like a quaint cafe. I was almost expecting a diner setup, but it was much nicer.
I spoke with the manager and she graciously let me take a few photos. We talked a bit and the whole staff was super friendly.
So I sat down and decided on a chicken salad wrap. It was really good and everything tasted fresh. The wraps were a little crispy and sturdy. Nothing worse than getting an amazing wrap and its all soggy on the bottom or just falls apart on you.
There were lots of neat paintings and photos on the walls . It looks like they've been around for a long time and are a family business. I will definitely have to come back and enjoy some breakfast food next time. I think I might have found my new local spot.
I continued to walk around a little, but pretty aimlessly. Much like others in the area I'm anxiously looking forward to the Spring.
Here's a random power line I saw along my walk. I just liked how it contrasted with the nice blue skies.
And this is a group of trees I found interesting.
Overall a fun day walking around with my X-E2. Next week I'll be doing another outing so stay tuned.
I apologize for not being more consistent with the photo of the week. I've been shooting a lot, but mostly in the photo walks which an already be appreciated in the "exploring" category listed to the right of this post.
So, earlier today I head out to Moore State Park and wandered around a little. Its still winter time so there is snow, not much green around and lots of brown tones everywhere. I headed out with my 35mm and wanted to see what I'd found.
I realized that lately I'd been trying to take a lot of wider angle photos, which is far from my comfort zone. In any case I wanted to see what I'd find and started snapping away. From time to time my eye catches a sort of detail and I want to capture it. This week I'd like to share two photos from my walk about today.
This one is a slightly wider shot, but I wanted to capture the bushes with the barren trees behind them. To the right there is a small bridge which gives everything a sense of location.
Much further down the path I saw some areas that were beginning to melt over the grassy areas. This little patch caught my eye. I enjoyed the shapes of the ice about to melt. Promising Spring is right around the corner.
Both are very different shots, but taken with the same lens. Thanks for visiting.
The first trip into Boston was such a great experience that Mike and I decided to make another trip. This time around Mike brought along two of his photography friends (Mike and Stacey). So we all jumped in Mike's car and took off early morning to get on the T in Newton.
On this trip I decided to bring along with me the 35mm and the 60mm lenses. I had a lot of fun with my 27mm (I decided it wasn't wide enough) and the x100s (23mm but it just felt different somehow). I knew that I enjoyed my 35mm, but I hadn't really spent a lot of time with it at all. Also, the 60mm lens I had used a lot for macros and other things, but not regularly at all. Given the 56mm lens that had just come out I really wanted to see how this lens performed and if it should be upgraded or left alone.
So let's begin.
This is the second Mike. I've never met him before, but he seemed to be pretty into photography like the rest of us. Also, he really knows his way around Boston. - taken with the 60mm
And this is Mike again. He never hesitates when asked to do a portrait.
And this is Mike with his little Canon EOS and the really large 70-200mm lens. He hadn't brought it the last trip and had said he had regretted not having the reach. So here it is.
And this is Stacey. She's really nice and also shoots with Canon boooo. Just kidding.
And here is Mike again who seems to be forever on his phone.
So the word is we are going to head to a place to get some breakfast. Sounds good to me. So I stop a few times along the way to take some photos.
This building is not at one Hampshire Street. I just liked how it looked.
So we then arrive at The Friendly Toast.
Inside it was very colorful and it had a 50's feel to it. I really liked the atmosphere.
I ordered this fantastic omelette style dish which had mashed potatoes, sausage, scallions, eggs, and a spicy flavor as well. It was fantastic and honestly have never had anything like it (at least for breakfast). I was very pleased with it. I think they had pancakes which they also really enjoyed.
So we finished our meal and decided to head out again. Here's Mike checking google maps to plan out where to go next.
So we headed out and I saw this scene which I thought was nice. This build is adjacent to The Friendly Toast.
Another street over I saw this amazing looking mural.
A couple blocks up the road Mike stopped for a good photo op. This is them reviewing the photo.
Walking a couple more blocks we past a couple run down buildings. This caught my eye.
We continued walking and stopped near this corner to make sure we were headed in the right direction. Some pretty nice buildings around here.
It looks like we were headed to MIT. So we crossed a few streets and alleys.
Quick photo op.
Here's Mike posing with his camera.
So we reach MIT and they show me this new age dorm building. I commented how it looked like the buildings in the Lorax.
A tiny photo op for me. Nowadays I'm rarely in front of the camera so I figured why not.
I'm really enjoying the 35mm. I'm surprised as I thought I'd like the 60mm length better for portraits.
So we leave MIT and start walking down the street and I see this bright truck.
Once again we head down to the T. I never know where we're headed, but I just follow along. To my recollection I think we hopped on at least 8 different trains throughout the day. Her'es another portrait of Stacey.
We got off at the Community College stop and walked over this bridge.
As we continue walking its clear that we're headed to this monument at the top of the hill. We walk through this small little neighborhood and then we finally get to the monument.
Here's Mike again playing with the long lens.
So this is the next to the entrance to the Monument. I forget who's idea it was to walk up to the top, but let's just say, I am so out of shape! We walked up about 285 steps in a tight spiral and for a while there it seemed like there was no end in sight. Lucky they helped us by numbering a few of the steps. You won't see any photos of the stairwell as I think my legs will ache again just by looking at them.
Once at the top this is what I was looking at for a few minutes. I was thinking this was probably the quickest way down. Boy was I tired.
But, the view up there was amazing and like they say in sports. "You gotta play through the pain." So I got up and took some photos.
So we went back down and started to walk further along.
From the previous photo we walked around, and up to the left side to reach the main road. There was a lot of construction going on along the way so I had to take a quick photo.
We emerged right next to the Garden and I was ready for another photo op. Stacey was kind enough to pose for me.
Once again we headed down to catch the train. This time we enjoyed some entertainment.
At this point we were all hungry and were thinking about where to have lunch. So we got off the T and found ourselves in Somerville. A few blocks away we found Red Bones.
I ordered a BBQ pulled pork sandwich and it was really good. The pickles, coleslaw and sauce really blended the flavors nicely. A side of potato salad and beans was a nice touch as well. I had a large coke as well. I didn't realize how thirsty I was until I started drinking it.
Feeling good about being well fed we all continued on. I saw this "you are perfect" here and decided to take a photo of it. As we kept walking I noticed it in other places as well. I wonder where it came from.
Back on the T we arrived at another station I recognized as we had been there earlier in the day. Which was great as I had wanted to take a photo of this wall. These small murals were painted by students if I recall correctly.
We arrive near the Prudential and start walking around. At this point the sun is noticeably lower than before and its casting some pretty neat shadows.
Here is my attempt at a street photography type photo.
And here is another.
I liked this decoration in the ground.
Hey Mike turn around!
On the far end of the plaza there was this large building. I think it was some kind of church, but it was massive with amazing architecture.
It was here that we decided to call it a day and start heading back. So we hopped back on the T and made our way back to Riverside. It was starting to get dark by the time we got back. Sorry for the slightly blurry photo, but I was really beat at this point.
This is was another very successful and fun walk around Boston. It was great to meet a couple new people and to really explore Boston and the fabulous T system. We'll be sure to do another Photowalk in the next few weeks although we are thinking of maybe heading to Providence this time.
Earlier today I decided to go for a short walk. I've been using my Fuji X-E2 quite a bit lately, but with the 27mm which I returned and with the kit lens, because of its flexibility, but I noticed I had been neglecting my two other lenses. So I decided to head out with the 35mm and the 60mm.
When I arrived I noticed that although most of the winter snow had melted elsewhere, Green Hill Park was a little behind on the melting process as its on top of the hill. Makes sense right?
This is one of the entrances. You'll find two of these pillars on either side of the street. This is the side closest to Lincoln St. and is a one way street going in.
Please note that the photos I took were of random things I found interesting.
This is a small club house building where you could get hotdogs, drinks etc. I'm not sure when it was in use last.
They had some interesting trees there and this one caught my eye.
This is the small pond that is found in front of the Veteran's War Memorial. When Spring arrives this whole area is stunning with bushes, ducks, and flowers on the other side.
On the other side there is this lake that splits up Green Hill Park with the golf course.
I walked over to the wooden porch looking thing and looked down and saw this.
Close by you'll also see this large function area. Families will host events there or barbecues, or even local groups will rent them out for the day during the warmer weather.
This is what it looks like from the inside. Of course you can dress it up and move things around if need be, but its a very good size.
This is my attempt to finding some patterns.
And I wrapped up my walk as it was starting to get really cold with the wind.
I just like the contrast of the sky in this photo.
I visit Green Hill Park a few times a year and have done some portrait sessions there. Looking forward to the Spring to arrive as it really booms then.
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